Fast start to the new season continues at Cranbourne

Aug 07, 2019

Ellerton Zahra Racing’s impressive start to the 2019/20 racing season continued with a double at Cranbourne.

The stable produced the impressive Echuca winner Dirty Deeds two days before Influential Jack and So You Swing both won at Cranbourne in the first week of the season.

Influential Jack had been building up to a win with solid efforts at Bendigo and Sandown before he relished the 1500m of the Highview Accounting Services Maiden Plate.

Champion jockey Damian Lane was aboard the son of Epaulette in the $35,000 race. Lane had to guide the inexperienced three-year-old around the tight Cranbourne turns but Influential Jack was too classy for his opposition in the run home.

Lane said Influential Jack would continue to develop as he gains race experience.

“He’s very green still,” Lane said.

“He jumped fairly, then travelled well but as soon as one came around him, he looked at it and wanted to run in.

“Around the corner he was all at sea but he’s done a good job to win even though he did that bit wrong.

“I felt like I had a bit more in hand once he gathered himself. When he did do that, it didn’t take long to put them away.”

Talented mare So You Swing enjoyed the improving track conditions to complete the stable’s double in the Mercedes-Benz Mornington BM64 Handicap (1500m).

The Cranbourne track was upgraded to a soft (5) to a good (4) during the day, which produced perfect conditions for So You Swing as she circled the field to record a strong win

So You Swing’s Cranbourne win was her second in eight starts but Simon Zahra, who trains So You Swing in partnership with Mathew Ellerton, said the mare was starting to deliver on the promise she showed as a younger horse.

“She’s been a bit frustrating but I think back on top of the ground, down in the weights, the mile and everything just panned out really well for her,” Zahra said.

“Once the track was drying out, we were reasonably confident from then on.

“She showed a lot early and was a bit wayward but it was good to get her back into the winner’s circle.”

Congratulations to the owners of both Cranbourne winners and all those involved with getting the horses to the track in terrific condition.